Dr Sophie Goldingay



Senior Lecturer


Faculty of Health


School of Health & Soc. Dev.


Geelong Waterfront Campus


Bachelor of Arts, University of Canterbury (NZ), 1993
Diploma in Social Studies, University of Canterbury (NZ), 1996
Doctor of Philosophy, University of Canterbury (NZ), 2009


Sophie Goldingay is a senior lecturer in the School of Health and Social Development at Deakin University, and is the Course Director of the Bachelor of Social Work  within the School of Health and Social Development. She uses mixed methods and decolonising research approaches with institutionalised populations such as prisoners and people with psychiatric disabilities, people with learning disabilities, and to explore equity and access in Higher Education. She led a team which created a Multidimensional Framework for Embedded Academic Skill Development which won the Deakin Vice Chancellor's award for Excellent Contributions to Equity and Access in 2012. The project has led to significant developments across the Faculty of Health, including a Pathways project with the local TAFE in Geelong, and a project embedding academic skills into the Bachelor of Social Work. She is also the recipient of two teaching awards, one from the School of Health and Social Development as part of a project team in 2011, and a Commendation for Excellence in Teaching from the Faculty of Health in 2013.

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Research interests

Sophies research interests include qualitative research with institutionised populations such as prisoners and people with psychiatric disabilities. The impact of neoliberalism and managerialism on social service provision and tertiary institutions is also of interest. Post structural theoretical approaches as informed by Foucault, Rose and others have significant value in analyzing social practices and power relations.

Units taught

HSW 703, HSW212, HSW402


Goldingay, S 2007, Should they have the same as men? Issues around a separate facility for female prisoners 14-19 years whilst serving a prison sentence: a unique New Zealand perspective. Paper presented at the SPRE conference April 2007, Wellington, New Zealand. Goldingay, S 2007, Bullying: Is it a problem? Exploring the ways young women at Christchurch Women's Prison talk about prison bullying. Paper presented at the What Works with Women Offenders: Challenging Stereotypes and Achieving Change Conference, Prato, Tuscany, Italy. Goldingay, S 2008, Iwi and Pacific perspectives on mixing young women prisoners with adult prisoners Paper presented at the SPRE colloquium, Wellington, April.

Professional activities

On the executive of Australia and New Zealand Social Work and Welfare Education and Research (ANZSWWER) committee.


Sophie Goldingay received the TNS prize for Most Effective Research in 2007. She is the recipient of two SPEaR Linkages grants (2005 and 2007) and also a Ministry of Education overseas study grant.


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Preparing social work graduates for digital practice: ethical pedagogies for effective learning

S Goldingay, J Boddy

(2017), Vol. 70, pp. 209-220, Australian social work, Abingdon, Eng., C1


From institutional care to life in an Australian family: the experiences of intercountry adoptees

B Scarvelis, B Crisp, S Goldingay

(2017), Vol. 60, pp. 423-434, International social work, London, Eng., C1


A rotational social work field placement model in regional health

N Hosken, L Green, J Laughton, R Van Ingen, F Walker, S Vassos, S Goldingay

(2016), Vol. 18, pp. 72-87, Advances in social work and welfare education, Southport, Qld., C1


Transforming roles to support student development of academic literacies: a reflection on one team's experience

S Goldingay, D Hitch, A Carrington, S Nipperess, V Rosario

(2016), Vol. 17, pp. 334-346, Reflective practice, Abingdon, Eng., C1


Making sense of differnt theoretically informed approaches in doing critical social work

N Hosken, S goldingay

(2016), pp. 52-69, Doing critical social work: transformative practices for social justice, Sydney, N.S.W., B1


Australian social work academics' perceptions of their teaching roles within higher education

S Goldingay, G Lamaro, J Ryan, D Hitch, S Macfarlane

(2016), pp. 1-14, Higher education research & development, Abingdon, Eng., C1


An intervention to improve social participation for adolescents with autism spectrum disorder: pilot study

S Goldingay, K Stagnitti, L Sheppard, J McGillivray, B McLean, G Pepin

(2015), Vol. 18, pp. 122-130, Developmental neurorehabilitation, London, Eng., C1


Scoping social inclusion practice

A Taket, B Crisp, M Graham, L Hanna, S Goldingay

(2014), pp. 3-42, Practising social inclusion, Abingdon, Eng., B1


Inclusive service design for young people with learning disabilities who exhibit behaviours of concern

S Goldingay, K Stagnitti

(2014), pp. 106-114, Practising social inclusion, Abingdon, England, B1


'The university didn't actually tell us this is what you have to do': Social inclusion through embedding of academic skills in first year professional courses

S Goldingay, D Hitch, J Ryan, D Farrugia, N Hosken, G Lamaro, C Nihill, S Macfarlane

(2014), Vol. 5, pp. 43-53, International Journal of the First Year in Higher Education, Brisbane, Qld., C1


Indigenous subjectivities. How young women prisoners subvert domination representations to maintain their sense of intrinsic worth

S Goldingay, T Mataki

(2014), pp. 144-156, The politics of recognition and social justice: transforming subjectivities and new forms of resistance, New York, NY, B1


Emotion: the 'e' in engagement in online distance education in social work

S Goldingay, Land, C

(2014), Vol. 18, pp. 58-72, Journal of open, flexible and distance learning, Palmerston North, NZ, C1


Do schools promote social inclusion? The experiences of intercountry adoptees in Australia

B Scarvelis, B Crisp, S Goldingay

(2014), Vol. 5, pp. 61-77, Journal of social inclusion, Meadowbrook, QLD, C1


I would've been so overwhelmed...: the importance of TAFE in supporting success for low SES students in HE

N Hosken, S Goldingay, C Land, P Barnes, K Murphy

(2013), pp. 1-1, FYHE 2013 :Proceedings of the First Year in Higher Education 2013 Conference, Wellington, New Zealand, E1


That social side of things: students' experiences of social and physical place

S Goldingay, N Hosken, C Land, P Barnes, K Murphy

(2013), pp. 164-174, Research and Development in Higher Education: The Place of Learning and Teaching Volume 36 : Refereed papers of the 36th HERDSA Annual International Conference. 2013, Auckland, New Zealand, E1


Women and violence

S Goldingay, A Taylor

(2013), pp. 92-101, Understanding violence : context and practice in the human services, Christchurch, New Zealand, B1


Academic skills and beyond : a resource based approach to support student success in higher education

D Hitch, S Goldingay, N Hosken, G Lamaro, S Macfarlane, C Nihill, J Ryan, D Farrugia

(2012), Vol. 6, Journal of academic language and learning, Canberra, A.C.T., C1


Getting it right in the mix : teaching social work practice skills inclusively to diverse student groups

S Goldingay

(2012), Vol. 3, pp. 101-116, Journal of social inclusion, Meadowbrook, Qld., C1


'Without fists' : age-mixing and its influence on safety and criminal contamination in women's prisons

S Goldingay

(2012), Vol. 31, pp. 17-25, Youth studies Australia, Hobart, Tas., C1


The rise of the 'silver surfer' : online social networking and social inclusion for older adults

C Doyle, S Goldingay

(2012), Vol. 3, pp. 40-54, Journal of social inclusion, Meadowbrook, Qld., C1


Jail mums : the status of adult female prisoners amongst young female prisoners in Christchurch women's prison

S Goldingay

(2007), Vol. 31, pp. 56-73, Social policy journal of New Zealand : te puna whakaaro, Wellington, New Zealand, C1-1



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Associate Supervisor

Beverly Ann Scarvelis

Thesis entitled: From institutional care to living in South Australia: intercountry adoption

Master of Social Work, School of Health & Social Development